Valedictory Address

The Finite Life

Here’s a verse I wrote a month or so ago after attending/watching various graduation ceremonies and speakers.


I am
lauded for my accomplishments, praised by my peers
the life of every party, mind too late for my years
pillared by those who love me – grateful to tears
at the same time isolated, a slave to my fears
I am that “could’ve had it all” guy, the wouldn’t pass the ball type
traded basketball hype for excessive alcohol nights
not even mad at y’all, I’m relaying what’s real
wish for minutes standing tall for every day that I kneel
can never say what I feel beyond anonymous verses
cuz there’s always insecurities, that gossipy person
that pause for concern, moments of cautious discernment
the fear of seeing what’s outside these walls of modest internment
plus I’m constantly workin-
another haunted diversion.
too scared to answer if all of this…

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